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Theodore O. Taubert

THEODORE O. TAUBERT age 97, beloved husband of the late Rae Alice (nee Erbor) and Nadine (nee Bechemer); loving father of Fred Huegel (wife Ann), Carrie Bacso (husband David), Bill Huegel (wife Sherry), Nancy Wright (husband Dennis, deceased), Tim Taubert (wife Pam) and the late Helen Humpal (husband Steve); devoted grandfather of 12 and great-grandfather of 15; cherished son of the late Orton and Flora (nee Krider); dearest brother of the late Janet Tavrell; World War II U.S. Army-Air Corp Veteran.

Ted grew up in Cleveland Heights and upon his graduation from Heights High, attended Fenn College to study engineering and co-op at Thompson Products. In1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and completed basic and advanced flight training in Texas, receiving the rank of Second Lieutenant. He completed multiple further training assignments stateside before deployment to England in May 1944. Ted flew 89 combat missions over France, Belgium and Germany as part of the 368th Fighter Group European campaign, receiving the Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross and Presidential Unit Citation for his service. Following active duty, he remained with the Air Force until 1955.
Returning to peacetime life, Ted graduated from Kent State University, started a family and his own printing business in East Cleveland, serving area small businesses and school systems. He retired from Taubert Printing in 1986. Ted enjoyed sailing, photography, traveling to Europe and visiting Normandy. He remained an active pilot. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren and was devoted to his family.

Ted especially enjoyed visiting Cedar Point each summer in to his 90s. A humble hero, he received French Legion of Honor Medal in 2013. Ted will be remembered as a friendly, caring, compassionate, outgoing and generous man. He was intelligent, adventurous, hard-working, faithful and spiritual. He will be greatly missed.

Contributions may be made in memory of Theodore to Hospice of the Western Reserve PO Box 72101, Cleveland, OH 44192. Celebration of Life Service Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 10 AM at THE FUNERAL HOME. Burial following with Military Honors at Lake View. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Theodore at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON ROAD (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91) FRIDAY 4-8 PM                                                                                                                

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  1. I met Ted at my first 368th Fighter Group reunion in 2000 where he was so welcoming to my mom and I. Thereafter I looked forward to my “Ted Time” at the reunions. His were more than war stories, they were stories of humanity. Humorous? Indeed – it was always a challenge for my wife and I to keep a straight face in Ted’s company. His mere presence was a celebration of life itself which lives on in his wonderful family. I am grateful to call him friend and I will miss him dearly. “… and, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod the high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    put out my hand and touched the face of God.”

  2. I will remember your father fondly. He was such a sweet man. My condolences to you all.
    With Love,
    Barb Chudakoff

  3. Harrison D. Randolph

    To All of the Taubert Family,
    I’ve heard about Ted Taubert through stories told by a loving daughter and I’ve read about his distinguished service in the United States Armed Services from the many books that Carrie shared with me. He will be missed by all who knew him. This country has indeed lost a true Patriot. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy.
    Ann & Harry Randolph

  4. My deepest sympathies to all of Ted’s wonderful family. It’s been my family and my pleasure to get to know him through the 368th reunions. He has always brought so much heat and humor to each event. It was great to meet you all in Kalanazoo and see first hand how much this man means to each of you. He kept us all laughing on DC a couple years later. I know how much he will be missed. I will miss him too. God bless you and our dear Ted.

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